Daily Archives: April 17, 2015

And more contracts

429 Round Hill Road, 1820 home, 4 acres, $3.850million, just 21 days on the market.

429 Round Hill Road

2 William Street, Riverside, $1.650. Years on and off the market. Charming house, zero yard. Great neighbors.

2 William Street

2 William Street

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Contracts

127 Dingletown Road, asking $2.495. Its first broker listed it for $3.199 million 674 days ago, so I guess it was ready. For some

127 Dingletown Rd

127 Dingletown Rd

years, the house had a large tarp extending from the roof to the ground in a vain attempt to keep the water out, and the house was a wreck. Perhaps that’s been remedied.

7 Druid Lane, Riverside. $2.295. Sold for $2.0 million in 2005,so this sounds about right.

7 Druid Lane

7 Druid Lane

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Finally, a buyer appears

363 North Street, asking $4.250, reports a pending sale. This is a fabulous home, completely renovated, and when it was first listed in 2013, the year those renovations were completed, I didn’t think its $5.295 was unreasonable (subject to some negotiation, of course). Buyers obviously disagreed, since it wouldn’t sell for two years, and not until a million dollars were chopped off its price. I think the buyer’s getting a bargain here; nice house.

363 North Street

363 North Street

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Cos Cob contract

4 Lia Fail Way (off Valley Road), asking $1.150. I think this very small, 1950’s development is one of the best-kept secrets in town, and I’m sorry to see that this contemporary was marketed primarily for its 1.8 acres (by which I mean, no pictures of its interior). Nifty house, fine location; I hope the buyer will prove to be someone looking for a (relatively) cheap opportunity to live in Greenwich rather than, say, a builder.

4 Lia Fail

4 Lia Fail

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Greenwich selectmen vote to ban memorial to KKK

Oops! They actually voted against a plaque honoring former Greenwich resident Ernest Thompson Seaton, because he was instrumental in founding, in 1902, Cos Cob’s Woodcraft Indians, which grew into the the Boy Scouts of America (a homophobic organization, claims Third Selectman Drew Marzullo) and helped found the Campfire Club of America, a conservation group (Theodore Roosevelt was a member) because the club opposes the Selectmen’s position on gun control and confiscation.

Can’t we please vote these people out of office?

Hey, Peterr, hey Drew: screw you and the horse you rode in on

Hey, Peter, hey Drew: screw you and the horse you rode in on

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With her age already an issue, this seems unwise

Dinosaur exhibit opens at Clinton Museum

Tyrannosausaurus rex

Tyrannosausaurus rex

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propaganda fail

Back to the future

Back to the future

NYT: California drought may be a return to normal.

But scientists say that in the more ancient past, California and the Southwest occasionally had even worse droughts — so-called megadroughts — that lasted decades. At least in parts of California, in two cases in the last 1,200 years, these dry spells lingered for up to two centuries.

The new normal, scientists say, may in fact be an old one.

Few experts say California is now in the grip of a megadrought, which is loosely defined as one that lasts two decades or longer. But the situation in the state can be seen as part of a larger and longer dry spell that has affected much of the West, Southwest and Plains, although not uniformly. “The California drought is kind of the latest worst place,” said Jonathan Overpeck, a director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona.

The wider dry spell began after the last strong El Niño, the weather pattern that develops in response to warmer water temperatures in the Eastern Pacific and can bring heavy winter precipitation. That was 17 years ago.

Naturally, this being the NYT, the article goes on to blame global warning anyway, but these are still awkward facts for the true believers. Glenn Reynolds and others have long advocated building large, nuclear-powered desalinization plants out there, a proposal that, until recently, I’d have thought was DOA. News today that Californian’s swimming pools are being shut down, however, may change that, quickly. Minor inconveniences imposed on sheeple are tolerated – it makes them feel like they’re doing something, without much effort: witness residential recycling. Prying his swimming pool from the cold, stiff fingers of a Californian, however, is war.

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